India’s ace paddlers Manika Batra and G Sathiyan created history and achieved their career best rankings, according to the latest rankings released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
The 22-year-old Delhiite had a decent show at the Hungarian Open, World Tour event where she made it to the Round of 16 and received 720 ranking points. Manika has now made it to 47th on the list, which is 4 spots up from the last time. She is also the first female Indian to break into top 50.
Women’s paddler, Manika has shown upward mobility in the world rankings ever since she clinched a historic Gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The celebrated table tennis player took to Twitter and made the announcement public.
Delighted to be the first Indian woman to break into the top 50 of the @ittfworld rankings. Will continue to work harder than ever... Thank you everyone for your support pic.twitter.com/EOyLzXZtCT
Fellow compatriot Gnanasekaran Sathiyan too improved his rankings by making it to 28th spot from the 31st spot he attained earlier this month. Though, Sathiyan couldn’t make it to the main draw of the Hungarian Open, World Tour event but did show glimpses of his capacity in the preliminary rounds.